NEW YORK, NY – We’re a little more than a week into this NHL season and the New York Rangers finally have their first points of the season. It’s been an ugly start for the Blueshirts, who had three regulation losses in the points in their first three games before earning an overtime win last night. The home team tied the game late in the third period through a born-again Brendan Smith. Then Brady Skjei won it 37 ticks into the extra frame. The result was their first two points of the season and have NHL Execs stepping back from the ledge… momentarily. Let’s be honest, the league wanted an 0-4 Rangers start as much as they’d want to see Sidney Crosby caught cross-dressing.
Hope Is In The Air.
Things are starting to come together. The rebuilding Broadway Blues managed to hang with a Sharks team that has cup aspirations. Henrik Lundqvist has looked sharp in the young season. He had 41 saves on 43 shots and he kept the Rangers close long enough for themto tie the game in the third and win it in OT. Hank is going to get hammered with shots this year. Hopefully, he gets more rest this year than in the past. Based on the performance of backup Alexander Georgiev, though, King Henry will be playing most games. Georgiev gave up seven goals in his season debut. Not a good start for the Bulgarian. At least things can’t get much worse for him. If he gives up five goals in his next stat it will be an improvement. The Blueshirts take on the Oilers next on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully they can build off of last night’s win. FYI, Al-Geo is in the photo.
The NLCS starts tonight when the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Both dem Bums and the Brew Crew made quick work of their Division Series match-ups against the Braves and Rockies. I think the Dodgers take this series in six games and return to the World Series.
The Red Sox and Astros start their battle Saturday night. The ‘Stros steamrolled the Indians in the DS and Boston took care of the Yanks in four games to land in the ALCS. I think this series goes the distance with Houston heading back to the Fall Classic for a rematch against the Dodgers.
The Yankees’ bid to return to the ALCS ended Tuesday night when Gary Sanchez’s bid for a walk-off home run fell about 20 feet short. On the next play former Yankee Eduardo Nunez made a great play on a ground ball to get Gleyber Torres out by a hair to end the game. It’s tough to call a 100-win series a failure, but the Bombers and their fans had high hopes for this season after coming a couple of runs short of being in the World Series last year. In the end the Sawx were just a better team. Better defensively and better on the mound. They also did not rely on the long ball. Waiting for the three-run home run will win you a lot of games during the regular season, but in the playoffs it’s a recipe for an early exit. And the Yankees will be left to wonder what they’ll need to do, and who they’ll need to sign next season.
That’s all for now, leave your thoughts below and come back tomorrow for a man that hosts farting contests, Junoir Blaber.